Vice-Chancellor in the news 2011 - 2012 archive

La Trobe University wins silent auction
29 Dec 2012 > Bendigo Advertiser
A LA TROBE University bid of $4000 has won a Bendigo Advertiser full-page advertisement offered in a silent auction to help the Bendigo For Homeless Youth fund-raising campaign. Bendigo Community Telco kicked off the auction with a bid of $1000. La Trobe Bendigo Vice-Chancellor John Dewar said the bid recognised the enormous efforts of Luke Owens in helping the homeless this year.

First in family a retention focus for La Trobe
21 December > The Australian
LA TROBE University is focusing its student support strategy around the needs of "first in family" students as it seeks to boost retention while increasing the proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

La Trobe Uni to tackle big issues
6 Dec > Weekly Times
LA Trobe University wants to solve the world’s big problems – food, water and environmental security. Its new Future Ready five-year strategic plan said it would specialise in research on food, water and environmental security; sport, exercise and rehabilitation; understanding disease; building healthy communities; and population movement and human security. Vice-chancellor Professor John Dewar hoped a focus on research would reinvigorate the university’s curriculum and get students excited about solving these problems.

La Trobe to go back to future
28 Nov 12 >Sunraysia Daily
La Trobe University’s plan to redefine the student experience and help solve some of the challenges facing today’s world was launched in Mildura yesterday. Vice chancellor John Dewar introduced the Future Ready plan via video link from the Bundoora campus, as a delayed flight prevented him from getting to Mildura. Professor Dewar, who began at the university in January, said the new plan responded to the changing higher education environment and broader social, economic and environmental trends.

La Trobe University has promised to reinvent the radical
27 Nov 12 > Shepparton News
La Trobe University will aim to increase participation, grow student numbers and support research at its Shepparton campus under a new five-year plan. Launching the university’s Future Ready 2013-2017 plan in Shepparton last night, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said achieving the goals set out in the strategy could have a significant impact on the local community.

La Trobe University expansion plan
27 Nov 12 > Shepparton News
La Trobe University will aim to increase participation, grow student numbers and support research at its Shepparton campus under a new five-year plan. Launching the university’s Future Ready 2013-2017 plan in Shepparton last night, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said achieving the goals set out in the strategy could have a significant impact on the local community.

Bendigo to get medical school
26 Nov 12 > Bendigo Weekly
A medical school will be set up in Bendigo, as part of La Trobe University's plans to make the city Australia's leading regional education centre. "Logically at some point, Bendigo will have its own medical school," Vice Chancellor John Dewar said today.

La Trobe reinvents its radical past
22 Nov 22 2012 > Melbourne Leader > Education
LA TROBE University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar has unveiled a 5-year plan aimed at boosting student numbers and rejuvenating the university to become one of the top 12 universities in Australia and top 300 internationally.

Engage with Asia
6 Nov 12 > Whittlesea Leader
BUNDOORA’S La Trobe University vice-chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed the Federal Government’s Asia-focused White Paper. Prof Dewar said the report emphasised Australia’s future prosperity was linked to its ability to engage with Asia. La Trobe is one of only two universities in Australia to teach Indonesian and Hindi, as well as offering Mandarin, he said.

Newspaper headline discussion with Professor John Dewar
15 Oct 12 > ABC News Breakfast
Professor Dewar discussed news headlines with the show hosts. Stories included the number of children being taken out of home due to negligence, allegations against Damien Oliver regarding an illegal bet, the accessibility of UNSW courses free online, and the number of Australians living in poverty.

La Trobe Uni offers courses in China
22 Sep 12 > Diamond Valley Leader
LA Trobe University has announced it will offer more students the chance to study some of its courses in China. … La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar said more than 1000 students had graduated from the La Trobe China Health program since it started in 1996.

La Trobe protestors lose sight of original cause: John Dewar
28 Aug 12 > The Australian > Higher Education
LA TROBE University vice-chancellor John Dewar has shrugged off the severity of a student protest against cuts to arts and humanities subjects saying there were thousands of people attending Sundays open day who were completely unaware a protest was taking place.

Vice-Chancellor: La Trobe protestors abused freedom of speech
28 Aug 12 > The Conversation
On Sunday, La Trobe University held its most successful Open Day ever, with more than 19,000 visitors. But the day was disrupted by student protests against recently announced changes to our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

La Trobe University cuts proposed
4 July 12 > Shepparton News 
University vice-chancellor Professor John Dewar said decreased student demand, poor student retention and the high number of subjects offered compared to student enrolments had caused the financial problems.

La Trobe spells job cuts
June 21 2012 > The Australian > Higher Education
'These problems stem from declining student demand, poor student retention and a very high number of subjects offered relative to the number of enrolled students,' vice-chancellor John Dewar said in an email to staff.

Uni looks to customized regional campuses
June 18 2012 > ABC Goulburn Murray > General News
The vice-chancellor, Professor John Dewar, says it is important to offer customised education in regional areas and work closely with TAFE providers.

Jobs to go at La Trobe under major reform program
June 14 2012 > The Australian > Higher Education
Professor Dewar is calling the new-look curriculum the "La Trobe Framework" in what is the latest illustration of universities looking to differentiate themselves to attract students.

La Trobe University says sorry
June 5 2012 > Preston Leader > Local News
The occasion featured traditional dance, a performance by Archie Roach and his band and a speech from La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Prof John Dewar.

La Trobe video wins acclaim
June 5 2012 > Bendigo Advertiser > General News
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor John Dewar said the win was a great endorsement for the university and its international partnerships.

With an eye for the potential
April 10 2012 - The Age > Education, Page 11
WHEN John Dewar drives home from La Trobe University at night through Melbourne's northern suburbs he sees a deep pool of potential students whose stories might be similar to his own.

More places for you to go
30 March 2012 - Albury Wodonga News Weekly > General News
BORDER students are missing out on significant health, social and financial benefits by not undertaking tertiary education, according to La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor John Dewar. 

Study change on the way: University courses to cater for Mildura's economic and community needs
19 March 2012 - Sunraysia Daily > General News
THE future of Mildura’s food industry could benefit from more tailored courses at Mildura’s La Trobe campus.

New Vice-Chancellor gives Mildura campuses thumbs up
March 16 2012 - Mildura Weekly > General News, Page 13
LA Trobe University’s newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, was in Mildura this week, visiting both the university’s local campuses as part of a meet and greet regional tour.

University boss discusses Bendigo's future 
10 March - Bendigo Advertiser > General News
LA Trobe University’s vice-chancellor is committed to growing the Bendigo campus into the future.

La Trobe flags Flora Hill halls revamp
10 March - Bendigo Advertiser > General News
THE head of La Trobe University has signalled its former “Halls” accommodation could make way for new student housing.

University boss discusses future
3 March 2012 - Bendigo Advertiser > General News, Page 8
LA Trobe University’s Vice-Chancellor is committed to growing the Bendigo campus into the future. Vice-Chancellor professor John Dewar was in town yesterday to meet with staff at the Bendigo campus and discuss future directions for the education provider.

La Trobe's international numbers on the up
28 February - Preston Leader > General News
THE number of Indian students choosing La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus is showing signs of bouncing back.

Malthouse takes up university role
14 February 2012 - The Australian > Higher Education
Legendary AFL coach Mick Malthouse's career took a surprising turn this morning as he fronted the cameras to announce his new role as vice-chancellor's fellow at La Trobe University.

Dewar takes personal touch to La Trobe
25 August 2011 - The Australian > Higher Education
La Trobe University has poached Melbourne University provost John Dewar to be its new vice-chancellor, securing an executive well-prepared to hit the ground-running in next year's student demand-driven system.